ABOUT ESI SCHEME IN GOA REGION
E.S.I. Scheme was first implemented in Goa w.e.f. 01/07/1975 in seven talukas of Goa namely viz. I) Tiswadi ii) Bardez, iii) Ponda iv) Mormugao v) Bicholim vi) Salcete vii) Quepem, covering 150 employers involving 4000 employees. Notification under section 1(5) was issued by the Government of Goa in July 1977 and shops and commercial establishments were covered under ESI Act from the said date. The remaining areas of Goa state were brought under ESI Act w.e.f 5.7.2012 and at present entire territory of Goa State is notified under ESI Act.
Branch Office Panaji was the only branch office catering to all the implemented areas for disbursement of cash benefits and was under the jurisdiction of Bombay region. The status of Sub Regional Office to Goa was given in October 1983 and in the same year one more local office was established at Margao. Subsequently, three more branch offices were started functioning at Vasco-da-Gama, Ponda and Mapusa.
Goa has become a full fledged Region of ESIC on 03/10/1988 headed by a Regional Director. As on date, 4634 employers situated in 11 centres of the implemented areas are covered under the Act. 160071 no. of employees and 626000 beneficiaries are attached to the Region as on 31/03/2014 and are availing benefits under ESI scheme.
IMPLEMENTED AREAS OF GOA STATE
ESI Scheme was first notified in the state of Goa on 01/10/1975 and various implemented centres of Goa state under ESI Scheme at present are furnished as under.
- ILHAS (PANAJI AND CARAMBOLIM CIRCLES)
- SALCETE (MARGAO, VERNA AND BENAULIM CIRCLES)
- BARDEZ (MAPUSA AND CALANGUTE CIRCLES)
- MORMUGAO (SAMBHAJI AND CANSAULIM CIRCLES)
- PONDA (PONDA AND PRIOL CIRCLES)
- BICHOLIM (BICHOLIM AND SANQUELIM CIRCLES)
- QUEPEM ( QUEPEM CIRCLE)
Government of India, Ministry of Labour & Employment vide notification no. S-38013/22/2012-SS1 dated 12/6/2012 has extended the provisions of ESI Act in the following areas of Goa w.e.f 01/07/2012.
- The Circle of Pernem and Mandrem in Pernem Taluka.
- The Circle of Valpoi, Birondem and Poirem in Satteri Taluka.
- The Circle of Colem and Sanguem in Sanguem Taluka
- The Circle of Chaudi and Poiguinin in Canacona Taluka.
- The Circle of Bali in Quepem Taluka.
and now the entire territory of Goa is notified under ESI Scheme.
State Govt. of Goa, vide notification No. 24/15/2011-Lab. ESI/341 dated 5/7/2012 has extended the provisions of the ESI Act to shops/commercial establishments engaging ten or more persons by reducing the threshold limit of employees from 20 persons to 10 persons for coverage u/s 1(5) for wef 5/7/2012.